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Defend victimised PCS union rep Candy Udwin

Issue No. 2439

Candy with PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka on the picket line on Monday

Candy with PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka on the picket line on Tuesday (Pic: Guy Smallman)

National Gallery bosses in London have suspended PCS union activist Candy Udwin.

The move came on the eve of a five-day walkout at the gallery over privatisation. Bosses accused Candy of breaching commercial confidentiality by sending an email to her union full time official with a draft of questions to ask management.

They related to the cost of bringing private firm CIS into the gallery as a strike-breaking force.

Bosses hoped to undermine the strike by victimising a leading rep. But Candy joined defiant workers and supporters on the picket line outside the gallery in central London on Tuesday of this week.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said, “We should tell the National Gallery that this strike cannot be ended peacefully if they continue to try and victimise Candy and try and undermine the union.”

Left wing Labour MP John McDonnell also pledged his support. 

Former victimised health worker Dave Carr brought a £107 donation from St Thomas’ hospital in south London.

He said, “We are all in this fight together. The impact you have is your solidarity.”

Sign the PCS statement to reinstate Candy at

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